Microsoft will have to battle to keep hold of its European market in the coming quarters as new research finds its share fell 8.1 per cent in the first three months of the year.
The flamboyant boss of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has fittingly left the company in an emotional, heart-felt address to his employees which culminated in the 57-year-old striding off to a song from Dirty Dancing. Mr Ballmer, who announced the decision in August after 13 years at the helm, paced around the stage and delivered a tearful speech to an arena of employees at the Seattle Key Arena.
Microsoft’s Windows has become the third most popular operating system in the world, surpassing the Blackberry OS, but still lagging behind Android and iOS systems. Android and iOS make up 79 per cent and 14.2 per cent of the global market respectively for the second quarter of this year, according to a report.
Apple and Windows-branded tablets lost out on market share to Android in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.
A study conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has revealed that over half of the British population, around 50.3 per cent, currently owns a smartphone.
As part of its “mission to deliver on the go shopping” Ocado has launched the UK’s first supermarket app for the Blackberry mobile. Shoppers at the online-grocer can already order via an iPhone app as well as Android handsets and the iPad, but with 18.6 per cent of Ocado checkouts taking place on mobile devices, the retailer has decided to extend the offering to Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 handsets.
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